Inspiration This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     The callus

(on the left side of

the third crease)

on my

middle finger

mimics the twisted balloon-animal lines

of poets

again and again

hoping for inertia. or

to flay in the

subatomic skull section

of their retinas.

forearm twitching, i summon

the livers and large intestines of letters

to machinate,

make me good;

my forefinger blistered,

and “pilot” worn off of

an arid pen.



This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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